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Alwoodley hosts successful Open qualifying event

by Dan Murphy

Alwoodley hosts successful Open qualifying event

A new course record was the highlight of a memorable Regional Qualifying event for the Open Championship earlier this week.

Over 80 amateurs and professionals were at Alwoodley aiming to earn a place at Local Final Qualifying and, from there, Carnoustie next month for the Open proper.

The field included the three-time European Tour winner Pablo Martin as well as former Walker Cup player, John Parry, and two Alwoodley members in Will Shucksmith and Tom Irwin.

Ten players qualified for the next stage by carding rounds of 71 (level par from the championship tees). Stiggy Hodgson, a two-time Walker Cup player for Great Brtain & Ireland, led the qualifiers with his incredible round of 64 that featured nine birdies as mentioned before with an outstanding amateur pedigree.

Stiggy's course record   64

Tom started well with an early birdie on the 5th to go to one under par and turned in 38. He made seven pars on the back nine but misadventures on the 13th and 15th meant he finished with a 79 in a tie for 47th place.

Will also made an early birdie, on the 3rd, which got him back to level par after a bogey at the 1st. A dropped shot at the 4th and five straight pars meant that Will was in good shape heading into the back nine.

He then made two birdies and two bogeys for a level-par back nine and a score of 72 (+1) overall.

Unfortunately, this resulted in a tied-11th finish and he missed out on a play-off by a single shot.

Will Shucksmith 15th tee

All the competitors were delighted by the presentation and quality of the course and the R&A also congratulated both the club and the course.

Qualifiers from Alwoodley

1 Stiggy Hodgson (Modenco) 64

2 Scott Campbell (Hallowes) 66

3 Andrew Wilson (Darlington, amateur) 67

4 Liam O’Neill (Leeds Golf Centre) 68

4 Luke Jackson (Lindrick) 68

6 Joseph Bannon (Manchester, amateur) 69

6 James Willis (Unattached) 69

8 Benjamin Poke (Denmark) 70

9 Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall, amateur) 71

9 Pablo Martin (Spain) 71

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